Qualification comparisons

Not sure what each of the City & Guilds levels really mean? Our quick look comparison guide tells you everything you need to know.

Entry level

If you've not got any prior experience and you don't feel confident about your abilities, then this level could be a good place to start.

City & Guilds
Entry level vocational awards.        

Academic

Scottish intermediate Scottish Access 1-2.  

Level 1

Ideal if you're just starting out or are new to the subject area. This level covers routine tasks and basic knowledge.

City & Guilds
SVQ/NVQ level 1, Level 1 vocational awards, IVQ certificate, Level 1 International Introductory Awards*. 

Academic
GCSE grades D - G, 3/Foundations S Grade, Scottish Access 1-2, Foundation GNVQ. 

Level 2

You need to have some knowledge or experience of the area. 

City & Guilds
SVQ/NVQ level 2, Level 2 vocational awards, IVQ Technician certificate, IVQ Diploma, Level 2 International awards*. 

Academic

GCSE grades A* - C, Scottish intermediate 2/Credit S Grade. 

Other
Intermediate GNVQ, BTEC first certificate. 

Level 3

Covers more complex work and will help you develop your supervisory skills.

City & Guilds
SVQ/NVQ level 3, Level 3 vocational awards, IVQ Technician Diploma, IVQ Advanced Diploma, Level 3 International Awards*. 

Academic
A-Level, Scottish higher. 

Other
AVCE, BTEC National, Certificate/Diploma, Vocational A-Levels.

Level 4

Most likely you'll have management experience by this point.

City & Guilds
Licentiateship (LCGI), Higher Professional Diploma, SVQ/NVQ level 4, Level 4 vocational awards 

Academic
Undergraduate 

Other
Full technical certificate, BTEC HND/HNC 

Level 5

Most likely you'll have management experience by this point.

City & Guilds
Diploma SVQ/NVQ level 5, Level 5 vocational awards, IVQ Advanced Technician Diploma 

Academic
Undergraduate 

Level 6

For senior managers.

City & Guilds
Graduateship (GCGI), Associateship (ACGI) 

Academic
Graduate 

Level 7

For senior managers.

City & Guilds
Membership (MCGI), Master Professional, Diploma 

Academic
Post graduate 

Level 8

As high as you can go 

City & Guilds
Fellowship (FCGI) 

Academic
Doctoral 

*Nearest comparable level 

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